Happy Halloween everyone! While today is sure to bring endless fun, it could also pose some obstacles for your pup. Here are some ways to keep your fur baby extra safe on this hallows eve!
1. Keep your pup away from the sweets!
Candy’s look like treats- but beware! Candy is very bad for dogs and can sometimes be lethal. Many candies contain the artificial sweetener called xylitol that can be poisonous for dogs. This sweetener can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar as well as loss of coordination, and seizures.
Other dangers of candy include wrappers that could pose a choking hazard, and the one we all know, chocolate. Avoid chocolate at all costs as it contains theobromine. While humans metabolize theobromine normally, dogs process it at a dramatically slower rate which builds up toxic levels in their system. While a small amount of chocolate in your dog's system can cause vomiting or diarrhea at the least, a large amount can cause muscle tremors, seizures, irregular heartbeats, internal bleeding, or a heart attack. So long story short, make sure your dog AVOIDS chocolate and other candy at all costs!
2. Keep your dog inside and away from the door.
A constant flow of strangers dressed strangely knocking on the door while trick or treating can be stressful and confusing for your dog. Additionally, your dog has a protective instinct and might react with aggression or escape attempts. If you know that your dog is the nervous type, keep them in a part of the house that is as far away from the door as possible.
3. Do not leave lit pumpkins or electrical cords unattended around pets.
Halloween decor is half the fun, but keep your dog far from them. If your pet gets too close to a lit pumpkin, they are at risk of burning themselves, or knocking over the pumpkin causing a fire. If your dog chews on an electrical cord, they run the risk of being cut on shards of glass or plastic, or possibly shock themselves electrically!
4. Keep your dog calm and easily identifiable.
In the off chance that your dog does make a run for the door while stressed about visitors, they should always have a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip. This can be a literal lifesaver! Having the right identification means more of a chance that your dog will be returned to you. Remember to make sure that their information is up to date!
5. Avoid anything that glows.
While glow sticks are fitting for Halloween and can even help humans be a little safer at night, it poses the opposite effect for dogs. These items look like dog toys but contain toxic liquid that if punctured, will leak out chemicals that cause mouth pain, irritation, and excessive salivation. Make sure your fur baby stays far far away!
We wish you the happiest of Halloweens! We hope these tips help you keep your dog as comfortable, calm, and safe as possible. Have a spooky night!